New Live Music Picks

The Blues Bar at the National Hotel


From a stylish SoBe spot for cool sounds of everything from jazz, blues, pop and Broadway, to new jazz nights, you’ll love these new entertainment picks for live music Miami. Read Full Post & Comments »

Best House and Garden Tours

Key West Garden Club photo by Lynne Bentley-Kemp


By Josie Gulliksen and Yours Truly


South Florida has a host of impressive gardens and homes that provide a glimpse into the area’s history. Stretching from Homestead to Palm Beach, here is an update of last year’s article with several new additions. Plus, a special experience at Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. Read Full Post & Comments »

Mayfair Kitchen

Roast chicken with sweet potato hash


Coconut Grove needs more good restaurants and I am often at a loss at where to go there. So when I got word of a new chef, Ted Mendez, at Mayfair Kitchen, with a pedigree of Barton G, both his eponymous restaurant and the one at Villa Casuarina, I moved a visit to the top of my list.

Roses et Pivoines


Roses et Pivoines is not your ordinary upscale florist. But then, wouldn’t you expect a special floral shop in the Miami Design District? Edi Soledad, the owner and creative director comes from a fashion background in London and it shows. I bought several white tinged with green hydrangeas which he wrapped in thick black paper, tied with a black ribbon, and attached a black card with the word “enjoy” in gold ink. As I walked around the District with my bouquet, an affordable luxury at $9, people stopped me to ask where I got them. Then there are his over the top floral arranging classes. Perfect for gifts – or for self gifting – for Valentine’s Day or anytime. And for another indulgence, while in the Design District, check out new ice cream and sweet shop, MadLab Creamery by Soraya Kilgore (yes, the wife of Alter chef Bradley). Read Full Post & Comments »

La Centrale Miami: First Look


Yours truly had a preview of the much anticipated, uber three story Italian food hall  La Centrale Miami in Brickell City Centre. Suffice it to say that  this is the future of restaurants and food retail. You name it, they have it in the 40,000 square feet. 14 different Italian eateries. 5 bars. A personal shopper who will buy whatever ingredients you want from a special grocery list menu while you’re eating — and give you recipe cards on how to prepare those ingredients if you want ideas. A cooking and event studio. An entire floor designed for sommelier- led wine tastings and pairing, along with a wine shop featuring 500 labels. A performance stage for live music and entertainment. 1,000 Italian retail products. All of this officially opens February 16. Read Full Post & Comments »

February Events for All Tastes

Birding with the Tropical Audubon Society


By: Jennifer Agress and Yours Truly

Note from Karen: You asked for more about things to do in Miami, so my plan is to have this post on events of the month to be a regular feature.

There’s so much going on in Miami in February 2018, from different nature and fashion events, to an art fair, a wine tasting and the 30th Annual Miami Yacht Show. Read below to find out more about Miami events February. We don’t want you to miss out! Read Full Post & Comments »

Where to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Deering Estate


By: Jennifer Agress


Looking for a new way to say “that’s amore!” this year? We’ve got it! Check out our list of the top ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day Miami 2018 and Fort Lauderdale too —from picnics on the beach to a star-studded concert and more, there’s something for couples, singles and even families. And if you’ll be celebrating at home, check out the two recipes for Valentine themed cocktails. Read Full Post & Comments »